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Whiskey Cavalier season 1 25 July 2019

2019 action comedy drama, 13 episodes. A motley group of rough men (and women) run around saving the world while trying to get in touch with their feelings.

Which obviously isn't the way the series was sold ("navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics"), but sadly it turns out to be what happens. Generic spy-jinks (which isn't all that far from generic action-based cop show, but fair enough) really needs personalities to go with it that are something slightly out of the ordinary from "just plain folks", but the way these people are written they are just plain folks, with nothing of the dedication that one would associate with experts at the top of their game.

Eventually the terrorist-of-the-week plots turn into a Great Big Conspiracy, but the bad guys have more personality than the good guys. That's because the bad guys are allowed to pretend to have trait A while they really have trait B, while the good guys only get one trait each, presumably so as not to overstretch their acting muscles. In what was clearly meant to be a bold dramatic choice, it's the male lead who cares about his feelings and making the team into a family, while the female lead is all about self-sufficiency. Gosh.

It simply has nothing to say, and was cancelled before the final two episodes had even been broadcast. The obligatory social-media campaign (it seems every cancelled show now gets one) had no effect.

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